Let’s continue the series of one day Hawaii itineraries with a visit to Maui. So, what would I plan to see with only one day on Maui? I’d most definitely spend my time on the road to Hana. This drive is arguably the most beautiful drive in Hawaii. I remember my first trip to Maui, I drove the road to Hana on my last full day before I went back home. I remember thinking, that I had saved the best for last.
This winding coastal road is more about the journey, i.e., the jaw-dropping views along the road, than it is about the destination. There are numerous curves and one lane bridges that keep this drive on a slow pace. You won’t mind driving slow, though, because you’ll definitely enjoy seeing the lush green cliffs, beaches, and waterfalls along the way. It really is a feast for the eyes.
Logistically, you do need to dedicate the entire day from early morning through early evening to drive the road and take in the sights. The earlier you get started, the better. See all my tips for driving the road to Hana. Ideally, get on the road before 7:30am. You can either rent a car or if you prefer to let someone else do the driving, there are plenty of tour companies who will take care of that for you. You can even take a packaged day tour from Oahu.
What if I have two days on Maui?
If you have a second day, I suggest you plan to see sunrise at Haleakala, the house of the sun. It will be a memorable and unique experience. If possible, sneak in a visit to the Iao Valley. Then relax at DT Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua, one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii.